The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention appointed a federal task force made up of 15 members to recommend that all US states enact mandatory motorcycle helmet laws, regardless of age or experience. Dubbed the Community Preventive Services Task Force, the group offers recommendations to the CDC and provides reports to the U.S. Congress on matters pertaining to community preventative services and policies to improve health.
The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) has long been an advocate for adult choice laws and suggests that it would be more advantageous to work to prevent motorcycle accidents in the first place than impose laws whose protective/preventative merit is questionable. According to the AMA’s “Position in Support of Voluntary Helmet Use,” the “AMA believes that adults should have the right to voluntarily decide when to wear a helmet…The AMA asserts that helmet use alone is insufficient to ensure a motorcyclist’s safety.”
“The AMA strongly advocates helmet use, but helmet use alone is insufficient to ensure a motorcyclist’s safety,” said Allard. “There is a broad range of measures that can be implemented to improve the skill of motorcycle operators, as well as reduce the frequency of situations where other vehicle operators are the cause of crashes that involve motorcycles.” In its position on voluntary helmet use, the AMA noted that mandatory helmet laws do nothing to prevent crashes.he AMA’s opposition to the proposed recommendation, Allard cited the official AMA position on voluntary helmet use. Your thoughts?